My hobby of creating Architectural Desert Masterpieces began about three years ago, when I was an AmeriCorps volunteer. Searching for activities to do with my kindergartners in the after-school program, I somehow came across a recipe for making an Ancient Temple Cake. While this was not at all feasible to do with my students, I thought it was an awesome idea and saved the recipe to try one day.
The following December, I decided it was time to try the Ancient Temple Cake. By that point I was back in school and had taken a history of Western Architecture course, which included detailed discussions of ancient temples including the Parthenon. When I pulled out the recipe, I decided it needed some improvements to make it a reasonable imitation of the Parthenon. The directions were to bake a sheet cake, frost it, stick Pirouette cookies around the edge and top the Pirouettes with wafer cookies. However, from my architecture course I knew that proportions were important as were the steps up to the temple.
I created a step to the temple but cutting off the edges, cutting them in half (height-wise) and reattaching the bottom halves to the cake body with frosting. Then I added a number of Pirouette cookies based on the proportion of columns on the long and short sides of the Parthenon. When I was done, I had a much better representation of the Parthenon in cake form than the recipe I started with.
Unfortunately, my cake temple aged rather quickly resulting in the collapse of the columns on one side.